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the strength of my wife and my family during my service is a key factor in my morale, in my will to fight. my loving wife has been a constant source of strength and inspiration. thank you, tammy. you are my rock. and thank you. >> next the defense department's territory -- ceremony honoring former secretary of state hillary clinton. after that, the astronaut charles duke. on the next "washington journal" a political roundtable with lyrical strategist david winston and steve mcmahon on
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issues facing congress such as the sequester and federal spending. then a discussion on cybersecurity with larry clinton. and north korea's nuclear program and the book "bomb scare." "washington journal" on c-span. >> on thursday, defense secretary leon panetta hosted a ceremony at honoring former secretary of state hillary clinton. this event includes remarks by joint chiefs of staff chairman general martin dempsey. this is 45 minutes.
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>> present. ♪
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[playing "star spangled banner "] >> please be seated. ladies and gentlemen, the 18th
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chairman of the joint chiefs of staff scum it general martin dempsey -- joint chiefs of staff, general martin dempsey. [applause] >> secretaries, flag officers, hard guess today from the department of state, happy valentine's day. [laughter] the lore of martyrdom says that saint valentine was martyred because he was marrying soldiers who were forbidden to marry by the roman lasw of the day. he was a man who loved soldiers and servicemen and women. it is fitting in that regard that we are here to honor a recent and great secretary of state hillary clinton.
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she has been an enormous champion of military servicemen and women and their families. it is a privilege to honor one of the most dedicated public servants. this is the highest award that i can present to a civilian. the secretary is no stranger to awards. we know that you have eight honorary degrees, a woodrow wilson award for public service, an airport named after you. 11 straight years as the most admired woman in the world and a grammy. i did not know about the grammy , as she actually has one. i'm jealous of that. she has a grammy for her book "it takes a village." she was also named as the irish american of the year. now i'm really jealous. [laughter] william not earn quite as much
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recognition, but he did have the clever or just up in alaska. you two have similar backgrounds -- roots in new york state and faithfully serving presidents that were once your rivals. he went on a trip around the world after he retired. our secretary has flown enough miles to circle the globe 36 times. you have been airborne or the equivalent of 87 days during your tenure as secretary of state. that is a lot of airplane food. you have been an exceptional representative of the men and women of the department of state, or king tirelessly in the aftermath of the arab spring -- working tirelessly in the aftermath of the arab spring. for those of us in uniform, we are very much appreciated so we
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can avoid the use of force but we remain ready to do so if necessary. you have moved diplomacy into the 21st-century. your nice -- you recognize there are limits to hard power. you use both hard power and soft power. you utilize social media and town halls. you have been one of the staunchest supporters of the military more than any secretary of state in my career. i expect you will slow down a bit. maybe you can add a tony award for your grammy award. adding to the list of your distinguishh --
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we do join me? -- would you join me? >> hillary clinton will be receiving an award. secretary hillary clinton, distinguished herself by superior service while serving as a secretary of state from 21, january 2009 to 1 february, 2013. she has provided outstanding support of all operational efforts of the joint military forces rolled wide, executing her smart power strategy of combining military strength with capacity and global economics, aid, and technology. she enhanced the role of diplomatic and defense initiatives in the international arena. capitalizing on this effort, it
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she instituted a diplomacy and developmental review for the department that mirrored the reprints -- the defense review to all our endeavors. inretary clinton' success the department of state resulted in an expanded role of global issues and greatly facilitated the respect of military groups on every continent. visiting more than 100 countries. she has been an exceptional example of the commitment to fostering better relations abroad and to directly supporting our troops in those areas. most noteworthy in her years of federal service, she has instantly and an advocate of all personal programs and initiatives that have enhanced the lives of military personnel and their families. her accomplishments reflect upon
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herself, the joint staff, and the department of the dance. -- of defense. [applause] please be seated. ladies and gentlemen, the 23rd secretary of defense, leon panetta. [applause]
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>> thank you. what a great honor to be able to recognize this very special person. all the leaders of the department, friends, colleagues , distinguished guests, we are to deleruly alighted to recognim on who is a dear friend to me -- someone who is a dear friend to me, someone i have been working with and for over the last 20 years. a strong and dedicated partner of the department of the defense. without question, one of the finest public servants of our time. this is as marty raised, probably a great valentine's day president for all of us at the department.
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the second best valentines present would be to allow syv lilvia to get the hell out-of- town. [laughter] -- to allow sylvia and i to get the hell out of town. [laughter] i feel like it is groundhog day around here. as first lady, the senator from new york, and as the 67th secretary of state, hillary clinton has been an advocate for the u.s. military. that is really why we honor her today. she has been a champion for our service members and veterans. she has been a forceful voice for american leadership in the
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world. this morning we are honored to be able to honor her the highest award of this department. it is the highest award we can bestow. as i said, i'm extremely proud of my association with hillary over these last two decades. about 20 years ago last month when i first joined the clinton administration as director of the office of management and budget, it was a different world than. -- then. think about the political challenges we have been. -- then. care issues, artisan gridlock, budget deficit. -- health care issues, partisan gridlock, budget deficit. [laughter]
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on second thought, the only thing that has changed is that hillary and i are older and perhaps a little wiser and a little less patient, particularly with political dysfunction, a little less in general.b.s. and it is probably a good thing at this point in time that we have a chance to get someda damn rest. [laughter] a broad smileave as she does hopefully in a few days. [laughter] i have a hard time -- [laughter] you know, my office is packed up. i'm ready to go. it's like, all right.
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[applause] for four years i had the honor of serving the clinton administration both as director of omb and as chief of staff, i had the opportunity to work with her very closely. she was interested in issues and involved in the important issues. health care, women's rights, and tilden's rights, all the issues she fought for and rights,d-- 0-- children's all the issues she shofought for and pioneered. her passion for the issues that we deal with. the issues we confront in this country, you can study these
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issues and read about them, but the onnlly way you deal with the problems is to have the passion for the problems that people face and try to find some way to help people achieve a better life. that is what i saw in her, that passion to try to help fellow citizens. for these reasons, i was delighted to have the opportunity when i was asked to join the obama administration to come back and work alongside her again as part of the national security team. as part of that team, i witnessed early on how hard she worked and dedicated she is and how she truly develop i think
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one of the best diplomatic skills as secretary of state of anyone that i have known in that capacity. she has the understanding to see the problem that people are facing. she had the ability to connect with the leaders of the world and understand the challenges and issues that they had to confront. it takes that. you have got to be a human being in these jobs. you cannot to be a robot. you cannot just read the talking points. you have got to have a sense of what others are facing and who they are and what they are about and what worries them. i think having worked with president clinton, one of the great ape abilities he had was
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to always make other world leaders understand what is in their national interest. not is what is in the u.s. interest, but what is in their interest. hillary has that same capability to make others what is in their interest. that does in my past role as cia director, has tried to understand the importance of intelligence. she understood the importance of doing everything we could do to be able to go after those who would attack our country on 9/11. as a senator, she saw the terror of that moment worst hand. -- first hand. she never lost sight of we had to after those who attack us on 9/11 and use every day but
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really we had -- and use every capability we had durin. during the bin laden operation, there is a movie out on this. [laughter] you know, the guy who plays me quite right -- [laughter] i mean, my preference would have been pacino. [laughter] but you know, i have been asked about that. i lived through that operation. there is no way you can take all the work that was done even in the last four years or two years of that operation that i was involved in. you can put that into a two-hour
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movie. the fact is that there was a tremendous amount of teamwork involved both by our intelligence and military officials. they did a tremendous job. it came down to a tough decision that the president had to make. god bless them, he -- him, he made a tough decision. hillary clinton sat in that room and tried to work through all of the issues. a lot of different views and opinions, but she was always there. i deeply appreciated her support. it has been even more rewarding to become secretary of defense and developed a very close partnership with the state department. this partnership enveloped with
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my predecessor, bob gates. as someone who has been in and out of washington for the last almost 50 years, i know from personal experience that rivalry can hurt the relationship between the department of state and the department of defense. that kind of rivalry is very bad for both departments in the country. you really do need a strong partnership between the state department and the defense department. there is so much at stake. you need to work together. but your egos aside and work together on the issues that you need to confront. it is indispensable to the security of the nation. during the time that we work together, hillary and i did all
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we could to sustain the tightest possible bonds between ourselves and our department. together we have dealt with some very tough issues. we dealt with a lot of the threats that confronted this country across the world. we have taken part in many tough debates and tough policy discussions on the hill and out of the white house -- and at the white house involving syria, terrorist attacks, and our own defense strategy. we have also traveled to some of the same meetings with foreign counterparts here, overseas, nato summits, heads of state visits. i do not think many people recognize how long meetings and
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sleepless travel and endless conferences and tough west janine can bring to people together because most of the time you're trying to figure out where the hell you are at and you are walking in circles and you have got to look at each other and say, we now have to face up to what we have to do to try to deal with the situation that confronted us. in all of those discussions, hillary has always brought us back to earth with the right argument at the right time. her ability to be pragmatic about what it took to get something done is part of her genius as a leader. the ability to cut their it and to listen to all of the arguments, but in the end to cut through it and make the decision that has to be made.
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she is honest and forceful. she is a persuasive voice for doing what is right for the american people. we applaud -- i would rather have her on my side then be against her because she is so good in making her argument. more often than not, she and i have stood side-by-side in making our recommendations. the president has faced difficult choices in the middle east. because of her leadership, our nation's diplomat and development experts are working toward a common mission with the men and women of the department of defense. i'm confident our successes will sustain the bonds that we have dealt the two in department of defense and the state department. our personnel are putting themselves at risk from afghanistan to north africa, in
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the middle east and asian pacific and making great, personal sacrifices in order to prevent conflict and to help achieve the american dream of giving our children a better life. that dream has been hillary clinton. the department of defense recognizes her for her great work in helping all of us to better defend this nation and to provide that better life. in my time in and out of government, hillary clinton is one of the most informed, passionate, and dedicated public servants i have had the privilege to serve alongside. she has devoted her life to expanding opportunities for everyone, to build a better future for this country and the world. she believes everyone deserves a chance to fulfill their dreams
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and aspirations. it was her inspiration that encouraged me to move forward and to be able to bring down the last barriers for women in the department of defense and to give them the ability to have a chance to engage in combat. thank you for the inspiration. 70 years ago, the only person to serve as secretary of state and defense was george marshall. he is honored with the nobel peace prize. he accepted the award months after the armistice of the korean peninsula marched over and "a very strong military posture is vitally necessary, but it is too narrow a basis on which to build a dip in the bull and long, enduring peace --
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to build a long and enduring peace." we need a spiritual regeneration to develop goodwill, faith, and understanding among nations. there must be ways down and the will to act on that wisdom. today 70 years ago, it is now clear that we need to maintain a strong military force to deal with the unstable and unprinted double and undeniable dangerous world that we live in. it is equally clear that we must enhance our other levers of power, our economic and diplomatic power, if we are to achieve peace in the 21st century.
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delivering on that vision will require wisdom and it will require a will to act. qualities that hillary clinton exemplified throughout her career and as secretary of state. her legacy is the inspiration and the wisdom and the will to fight for the american dream. that very simply is why we honor her today. ladies and gentlemen, hillary clinton. [applause] >> secretary panetta will present secretary clinton with the department of defense medal for distinguished public service. attention to order -- the honorable hillary clinton is recognized for distinguished public service as us bank secretary of state from january
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2009 to february 2013. she played an indispensable role in formulating and with great success implementing the national security foreign and development policies in an era of dynamic shifts and global affairs, a smart power approach. she led efforts in alliances and engaged emerging powers and develop new partnerships to advance american interest on security, and values. her sound counsel and steady hand guided the united states response to the global economic crisis. and the ever world and new opportunities and challenges in asia. she provided leadership in iraq and afghanistan during a security transition in those countries. her transformative leadership elevated the role as able partners for addressing the
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growing spectrum of security challenges and forge a strong relationship with the department of defense. her accomplishments reflect great art upon herself, the department of state, and the united states government. [applause] >> coats thank you, secretary panetta. ladies and gentlemen, the 67 secretary of state, hillary rodham clinton. [applause]
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>> thank you. this is certainly a memorable valentine's day. it is such an honor and personal privilege for me to be here with people whom i admire, respect, and like so much. secretary panetta, chairman dempsey, thank you for what you do every day. to keep our nation safe and strong. it has been a pleasure for me to work with all of your, out with secretary gates and chairman mulen, -- mullen. now working with -- you have been great partners and colleagues.
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it has been a singular honor of my life to be able to work with all of you. and to try to do what we can in a time of such momentous change and even turbulence, to chart a steady course for the nation that we serve and love. and also want to thank my traveling companion, admiral harris. paul and harry had to fly all over the world with me representing first secretary gates then secretary panetta. i am still trying to figure out why they get -- they got to getg off the road halfway through my tenure and switch places. but whenever there was a problem with a plane or an issue that arose, i would always turn to them to help us fix it. harry is navy buddy came through time and time again -- is navy
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but ghhe came through time and time again. also to my colleagues from the state department. it is bittersweet as i have said to them before. the senior leadership at the state department over the last four years is responsible for all the very kind and gracious words that were said about me. they worked seamlessly to work towards our common objectives with the dod senior leadership today. my friendso thank and colleagues. this is a tremendous honor for me. some of you know that i have had the great privilege of knowing leon for what he said was 20
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years. i think al pacino would have been more appropriate also but on every step along the way, from his service in the congress to the white house to the cia, to the pentagon, he has demonstrated the highest caliber of and secretintegrity and wisd. he is not only been a great partner but a great friend. i think you have to postpone for a while removing the 8 seconds delay for the sensors until he actually does leave the building. [laughter] but what he said the documentary, about being a human being in these roles, as brett repeating. it is easy to get so caught up with until the work and intensity, the drive necessary to work those long days and
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short night's. it is sometimes too easy to forget why we do what we do, both military and civilian. for many of you, it has been a career choice. both my colleagues from the defense department and from state. for others of us, it is something that became too later and were involved in luckily becky was a chance to serve. but for all of us, remembering why we do this work and how important it is to the future, especially future generations, is something leon panetta has never forgotten. i know that as leon does eventually head back to california, he will, along with this wonderful wife, continue to use the panetta institute to
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train the next generation of leaders. i also want to say is special word of thanks to chairman dempsey. really enjoyed working with him. our men and women in uniform have no greater champion. it has been for me a great treat, getting to see him in action and also to meet you, deaney, north carolina with some of your grandchildren coming out of the easter egg -roll -- deaney, with some of their grandchildren coming out of the easter egg roll. i have been surprised and even amused talking to some of my former predecessors who are weak -- who are bewildered that we get along.
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and you say things like that is odd, as if i am somehow letting down my side. that i am not causing you as many problems as i can, try to push you off stage, as if that were possible. but i have been around this town for long enough to know it is an unfortunate historical precedent. when i became secretary, i was determined to do my part to change that. i like being on the american team. not the state department team, not the defense department team, i like being on the american team. when we take these positions and that oath of office, we pledge to be part of the american team. we will have different perspectives, the experiences that we bring to the table but we should walk out of those rooms determined to be on that
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team for our country and for the president we serve. so from day one, we have formed the strongest partnership in most living memories. i do hope that continues. secretary gates and chairman mullen set the tone. quite a remarkable position for a secretary of defense and chairman of the joint chiefs to take. secretary gates even before i was secretary made an important speech talking about how there were more members and that the military bands than there were diplomats tammy had to increase the strength of our diplomatic corps and development exp erts to do our part. they have continued to build our partnership even further. they have been steadfast
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advocates for integrating the 3d's of our national security -- fence, the policy, development, into a unified approach. and because of these efforts, >> does all of the world are working closely than ever -- and because of these efforts, and they are working all over the world as more closely than ever. whether pursuing terrorists in not africa, we have seen that america is stronger and more effective when we worked together. i think we have gone a long way to restore america's global leadership and to make progress on some of the great challenges the face. from taking the fight to the leadership of al qaeda to reasserting the united states as a pacific power. we have pioneered a more innovative, effective approach to foreign policy. so i am enormously proud of what we have achieved.
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i'm confident about the future, having left the state department in the capable hands of secretary john kerry, himself an accomplished diplomat and decorated navy veteran. i believe reestablished a strong base for this kind of collaboration, which i think is essential to in going forward against the challenges and threats that we face. i happen to of grown up and in any household. during world war ii < my father was a chief petty officer, channing sailors at great lakes naval base before they were shipped off to the pacific. he never forgot how felt watching those young men get loaded onto troop trains, knowing that many would never return home. after he died, many years later, i received an outpouring of letters and photographs from some of the men he trained. to insert a return home in bill
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lives and families of their own. i could not believe that experience, being yelled at by my father, was so farmers have for them. i was glad to hear is, frankly. i saw this same sense of dedication and duty when as first lady and then senator from new york. i visited with service members and their families all over the world. then i was honored to serve on the armed services committee and to work closely with men and women throughout this building and in particular, with secretary -- with the secretary who became a great partner with me on behalf of our military bases and personnel in new york. what we did to try to keep moving forward in improving readiness and modernizing kid ability, i was so impressed by the quadrennial defense review
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the i launched a similar effort at state. four years as secretary of state have ended but my appreciation for everything you do is deeper than ever. i have had the chance to visit with many of our forces overseas, sometimes in the company of some of you in the audience today. especially in afghanistan but also here at home from hawaii to nor folk to annapolis. this past may, i got the chance to go to tampa and st. to a special operations conference -- and speak to a special operations conference. i had the chance to thank them for their service and talk about the compl andex threats we face. we have to get our house here at
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home in order. we have to avoid a devastating self inflicted wounds. we have to remain committed to upholding america's global leadership and our core values of freedom and opportunity. leon and i have both seen as as we travel the world. american leadership remains a respected and required it. there is no real precedent in history for the role we play or the responsibility we have shouldered. there's also no alternative. i often remind myself that our global leadership is not our birthright. has to be earned by each successive generation. stang treat our values and living up to the best traditions of our nation -- staying true to our values and living up to
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the best traditions of our nation. in the years ahead, we will be looking to all of you and to your successors to carry this mission of american leadership forward. to keep our nation strong, free , and exceptional. so thank you for this tremendous honor that has been bestowed on me by the chairman and also the honor by the secretary. i thank you off your service and i thank -- i thankyou all for your service. let's which our country god speed and please extend to all but and you serve my deepest gratitude as an american citizen. [applause]
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>> colorado ladies and gentlemen, please remain standing for the departure -- ladies and gentlemen, please remain standing for the departure. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] >> next, a conversation with apollo astronaut charles dick. then a weekly address by president obama and martha roby. recently, the explorers club hosted a conversation with apollo 16 after not charles duke. he talked about his experiences as the pilot and what it was like to be the youngest person to walk on the moon.
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this is about an hour and 20 minutes. [applause] >> i think the first thing i would like to do, charlie has the amazing lunar footage on apollo 16 in april of 1972. first we will talk about that and then he will take us through it. the first question, being a loner olympics. i know you have a checklist -- being a lunar olympics. i know you have a checklist. you did something that was not on the checklist. >> john and i decided, the fight before -- the flight before were
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in munich so we were going to do the moon olympics and do the high jump record. john was going to do the long jump. those were the two events we were going to have on the moon olympics. we did not tell anyone about this. apollo 15, they have the hammer and feather. 14, allen sheppard hit the golf ball. but we were running behind and mission control was bugging us to get in. part of the rover, let's go. so john starts bouncing. he says we were going to do the moon olympics, houston, but we're behind. so john starts bouncing and i start bouncing. john had better balanced than i did. i give a big bounce for the
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record and when i did, i street and up. the backpack weighed 150 pounds. and i weighed 150 pounds so the cg went back word, and there i went back words. it was the only time in the whole mission where i had feared. -- where i had fear. here is not a bad emotion if you responded training instead a panic. so training took over and i bounced onto my backpack. i cannot know exactly what the john said. that was a very smart, charlie. something like that. so he comes over and picks me up to my heart was pounding. i check my pressure, it was okay. you kick it quiet in here the pumps running in the backpack -- you coul;d get quiet and hear
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the pumps running in the backpack. fear turned to embarrassment. mission control, they did not use bad language but i know what they were thinking about. that was it. no more moon olympics. to this day, i hold the high jump record. >> how was it? >> may be a leader -- >> how high was it? >> maybe a meter. >> i recently interviewed at your michel. he said that he and alan shepard did a lunar olympics. mithcell says i threw further
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than alan shepard. so these guys are competitive. >> speaking of apollo 14, allen said he finally hit it. the moon is like a big sand trap, if he played golf. -- if you play golf. he took a picture and you can see the ball right in front of him. so it did not go miles and miles. >> you are going to see that high jump. >> it's in the dvd. >> w -- there were 12 of you that what on the moon. tell us in layman's terms what you remember, what your thinking when you were stepping on the moon, your sensations. describe the view. give us some kind of sense what
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it was like to be on the moon. >> let me say for the five hours before that, my emotions went from the deaths to the mountaintop -- from the depths to the mountaintop. an hour before we were to land, and we had a problem with the command module. the main engine was uncontrollable and in the secondary system. the engine was searching for its center and could not find it. so it was rattling the spacecraft. so that is an abort. with that problem, that meant we were not going to get to land. you were one hour before landing. we were on the backside of the moon garyso you c. so if your heart can sink to the bottom of your boots in zero
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gravity, ours did. we came all2 this all250,000 miles -- we came all this way, flew 250,000 miles. we were really down. then mission control came through and solve the problem. six hours behind schedule, we landed. we were very excited about the landing. i screamed to mission ventral, ol,to mission contral, fant fantastic. the flight control -- we were six hours late so they set by the time he gets out and get back in and get ready for bed, you will be up 35 hours. you will be tired and probably make a mistake. so we have changed the flight plan and you're going to go to
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sleep before you go out. >> but he slept really well. >> we agreed to that. we took off our suits. can you imagine trying to go to sleep three hours after landing on the moon? but then we got up the next day, ate a meal, put on our suits, got outside. emotions were overwhelming. most people ask how did it feel? there is no feeling as far as barefoot on the beach. he cannot feel the surface texture ally with your overwhelmed with the duty of the moon. we landed in the planes -- in the plains. our landing site was the highest elevation wise of any in
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apollo. we were in a valley about ten miles across maybe and you could look out,. . i love the desert in the u.s. so here i am on this moon a desert with just brilliant colors of gray and shades of gray that blackness of space. the thought occurred to me, how fortunate i am. nobody has ever been here on this spot on the moon before. those were the kinds of emotions and experiences i was going through. >> you were very cognizant that you have a multi -- a long checklist of things to do. >> we probably 110% planned more
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than we could do. but we did that because if something failed and we had to abandon that, we had something else to do to take the time up. so we had very little time to sit and wonder about it. and think about where you were. you just experienced the duty of the moon -- the beauty of the moon and character and color. it was mostly covered with dust. very fine like powder. gray in color. everywhere we walked, we left footprints. we left tracks. see where never worried about getting lost on the moon. it is impossible. all you do is a u turn and fall your tracks back. >> those tracks are still there. >> unless a meteorite landed on
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top of our tracks. as of two years ago, they were still there. go look it the web site on nasa. you can see every landing site. if anybody does not believe we ever went to the moon, does go look at that. >> charlie, it's funny. i met you in texas. i did not know this but you were the guy who had some very famous words as apollo 11 was going through its trials and tribulations. talk about that. you are part of history for that. >> i was very fortunate to have been involved in five of the nine missions be sent to the moon.
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-- missions we sent to the moon. i started with apollo 10. it was not designed to land. i helped develop the procedures to activate the lunar module. i was in michigan told talking to them when they started this -- i was in mission control when i started talking to them when they started the dissent. that was a dress rehearsal for apollo 11 terry the first time we going to attempt the landing on the moon. neil armstrong asked me to do the same job for them on apollo 11. two months, we had to get ready. we modified the procedure somewhat. then we were ready to go. so i was in mission control of the dissent.
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as we started down, things started coming unglued we have a computer programs -- computer problems. we had a trajectory problem taken into a big rock field. so he levels off as ours flying over this rock field, using a lot of fuel we did not plan on. so now the critical consumable was fuel. we were concerned we were not going to make it. the propulsion guy was calculating so we came down to one minute before abort and i called eagle 60 seconds. they had 60 seconds to land. then i called eagle 30 seconds and they still have not landed. but they were close.
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according to my watch, 13 seconds later, i heard them say context, engines stopped. so they stopped the engine. there was silence. then neil comes back with houston, the eagle has landed. i was so excited, i cannot even pronounced tranquillity. i said we are breathing again. i have never heard it so quiet in mission control. it was dead silence in the last minute. the tension was building. are we going to make it? when i heard contact, engine stopped, i knew they were t


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